Strategic Planning

The Library is planning for our future!

Together with the Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library, the East Hampton Public Library is developing a vision, goals and priorities for the next three years with the objective of giving East Hampton the best library services and experience possible.  

Since 1898, the East Hampton Public Library (then the Chatham Public Library) has served our community with a mission to provide equal access to information and ideas, promote a love of reading and offer a wide range of community based educational and cultural programs.

Our society and our public libraries, however, have changed substantially in 122 years.  We recognize that, to best serve the East Hampton community, we need to change along with the times.

That is why we are embarking on a strategic planning process.

We started by asking our community to respond to a survey.  The survey was open from January 15th to February 10th, 2020.  Over 270 people responded to questions on what our library does well and what our library could do better.  Respondents told us how we could best serve our community and what single thing we could do to have the greatest impact on East Hampton. 

The results of that survey, coupled with a conversation with our staff members, a conversation with our Town Councilors, and multiple conversations with our Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Library members and other key library stakeholders in town, will guide the work of our three year plan.

We hope to present a vision and plan for the future of the East Hampton Public Library in the late Spring.   Please check back for more updates on the Library’s strategic planning process.

Questions, comments, concerns about the process?  Please call or email Library Director Ellen Paul at 860.267.6621 or



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